Republicans tout plan _ without details _ to help people if court voids health law subsidies

Economic IndicatorsAssociated Press

Congressional Republicans are sending a message that they hope the Supreme Court and voters will hear: The country's health care system won't crumble if the justices obliterate a bedrock feature of President Barack Obama's heath care law.

Three top senators said Monday that if the court invalidates federal subsidies that help millions of Americans buy coverage under Obama's law, they have a plan to protect them and create "better" insurance markets by giving states more leeway to decide what insurers must cover.

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But the opinion article in Monday's Washington Post by GOP Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, John Barrasso of Wyoming and Orrin Hatch of Utah offered scant detail. It said nothing about how much assistance they would provide, its duration or how they would pay for it.